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I want to be a cyborg

My friends are often surprised when they find out that I genuinely would like to be a cyborg or totally artificial being. I have desired this since my pre-teens when I first saw the Borg on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and then as I’ve gotten older shows like Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex have heavily influenced me, not to mention sci-fi novels like those by Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton where it is common for people to transfer themselves into either cybernetic vessels (of all shapes and sizes) or heavily augment their biological bodies.

Assuming one day this became possible, the question I’ve been thinking about lately is, would I still be ‘me’? If you take away my body, replace my brain with a computer, would I still essentially be me? If it was an exact copy of me when I was ‘digitised’ then I guess it possibly could be, but what about the influence of my body’s chemistry on defining who I am and how I experience the world? If I no longer has chemicals in my brain influencing my emotions etc, would I still be so insecure? Would I care about the fact I’ve made my best friend mad with me? Would I even want/need friends?

And where does God fit into this? If I become artificial, would I still go to heaven when I died (most probably from being killed, as ‘natural’ death would no longer be possible)? Would I still have a soul?

I’m interested in your thoughts, so please comment.

Thanks for listening.

January 23, 2010 at 9:54 am 2 comments

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